Ahead of West Bengal assembly elections, the state police recovered gun-bombs and bomb-making equipment from the house of fugitive Indian Secular Front (ISF) worker Ziarul Mollah after arresting his father Jalil Mollah. “After receiving information from secret sources at night, we started searching the house of ISF worker Ziarul Mollah. We recovered a shotgun and bombs and bomb-making equipment from his house during the search. We have arrested ISF worker Ziarul Mollah’s father Jalil Mollah. Search is on for the accused Ziarul Mollah,” Tamal Sarkar, senior police official crime, Baruipur district police said.
In a video that has now surfaced on social media, police officials without uniform is seen raiding the house of Ziarul Mollah. Several arms, and bomb-making materials were found at his residence, which were later seized by the cops.
Earlier on 28 February, the police had arrested another ISF worker by the name of Younis Sarkar for attacking Trinamool Congress (AITC) party members in Bhangar in District South 24 Parganas of West Bengal. Police arrested Younus, an aide of the Sufi cleric and ISF leader Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui after analysing the CCTV footage. The cops found that he was leading the mob. During the incident, 6 AITC workers were severely injured.
The 24-year-old ISF founder, Abbas Siddiqui, has been infamous for his incendiary rhetoric, fear-mongering and calls for ‘divine intervention’ for the death of 50 crore Indians. Despite being well-aware of his extremist views, the Left and the Congress party has joined hands with Siddiqui to gain political mileage and strengthen its hold over the Muslim vote bank.
The ISF has aligned with the INC and left parties for the upcoming state election and is seen as a claimant of a big chunk of Muslim votes from AITC’s vote-bank.
Elections to the 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will begin on 27 March. The state is going to witness an eight-phase Assembly election this year. Votes will be counted on 2 May.